BAE Systems Australia and technology training company WithYouWithMe (WYWM) have signed an agreement to re-train and upskill a squad of 10 veterans into Information Technology roles within the defence and security companys national business.
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WithYouWithMe (WYWM) is veteran-owned and a leader in diverse talent accessibility for the technology sector. It has a dual platform and service model that helps upskill veterans through training, education and recruitment, supporting the transition from the military into fulfilling civilian careers.
BAE Systems is a leading employer of defence force veterans and was most recently recognised as winner of the Australian Prime Minister’s Veteran Employer of the Year awards – large employer Category. About 10% of the company’s 5000 employees are former Australian Defence Force recruits.
As part of the WYWM partnership, veterans will register interest via a jobs accelerator and assessment event being held in early November through WithYouWithMe. Applicants will be selected by their character traits, skills and potential rather than previous work experience.
The 10 successful applicants will complete a 12-week programme that consists of on boarding, transition and a comprehensive re-skilling phase. Once complete, the squad will be deployed to BAE Systems for 12 months, where they will continue to learn on the job.
Positions are available to applicants in South Australia and Victoria working across information technology disciplines such as Service Desk, Cyber Security, Systems Admin, Database Admin, Network Engineering and Application Specialist fields.
BAE Systems Australia Chief People Officer, Danielle Mesa, said: “There is enormous demand for skilled technology professionals and this is growing year on year in the defence sector due to the rapid evolution of new and emerging technologies.
“This partnership is a win win as it allows us to provide tailored pathways to veterans looking to work in technology focused roles and enables the company to build a sustainable future through purposeful workforce skilling initiatives.”
WithYouWithMe CEO and co-founder, Tom Moore, said: "Hidden veteran talent is everywhere. Through our military-grade testing and training platform, we are able to bypass the single biggest employment barrier for veterans by empowering employers to focus on a veteran's potential to do the job, rather than their past experience.
“We're excited to be working with BAE Systems to place veterans into meaningful tech careers through our world-leading talent accessibility platform."
Earlier this year, BAE Systems Australia launched STEM Returners, a programme that specialises in placing people with STEM skills who have had career breaks in 12-week internships.
BAE Systems was the first defence company in Australia to partner with STEM Returners as part of its national recruitment strategy.
Since the launch, four STEM trained interns have been placed within defence programmes in Adelaide and Melbourne, with a further two being recruited, potential job offers to be made at the end of this year.